Sometimes it feels like different parts of the country use different currencies. The kind of money that can buy you a hearty lunch in Little Rock might get you a coffee in Manhattan. That's an exaggeration, of course, but geographical differences in spending power are real; the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has quantified them.

A dollar will in fact take you about 34% farther in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway metropolitan area than it will in New York-Newark-Jersey City. In the former, the "implicit regional price deflator" is 99.1, meaning that a $100 bill carries $100.91 worth of purchasing power, relative to the national average. In the New York metropolitan area, by contrast, the deflator is 132.9, meaning your $100 will buy just $75.24 worth of goods and services. (See also, What Does Weed Cost In Your State?)

Below is a map of the purchasing power of $100 by state, using the BEA's recently released data for 2015. The range varies from Mississippi's $116.01 to Hawaii's $84.18. New York and D.C., unsurprisingly, are near the bottom. Illinois is as close to neutral as you can get, at $100.30 The median states – Arizona and Wyoming – are a bit higher at $103.95, which is why states with values close to $100 are shaded pink in the map below.

Before you ditch Maui's beaches for Biloxi's, consider that lower purchasing power is highly correlated with greater per capita income (shown below). Your $100 may only be worth $86.73 in New York, but the average annual personal income is $58,814: in other words, you have $51,009.38 in annual purchasing power. Your $100 is worth $116.01 in Mississippi, but with a per capita income of $34,805, you only get $40,377.28 in purchasing power. (See also, Is the CPI a Cost of Living Index?)

A higher cost of living correlates with higher incomes for a couple of reasons. People tend to flock to places where high-paying jobs are on offer, pushing up demand and with it, prices. At the same time, the high cost of living leads workers to demand higher wages from their employers, pushing up incomes. In other words, it's a chicken-and-egg problem. (See also, 5 U.S. Cities With High Paychecks and a Low Cost of Living.)

There are exceptions, though. Take Hawaii: at 3,854 miles from Tokyo, 2,558 miles from L.A. and 5,071 miles from Sydney, it takes a lot of time and effort – read, money – to transport goods to the islands. Perishables are a particular challenge that is reflected in food prices. Since the high cost of living is a result of geography, rather than an economy brimming with well-paying jobs, Hawaii combines low purchasing power of $84.18 with a middling personal income of $48,506, implying a regionally adjusted income of $40,832.35.

Below is a searchable, sortable table of purchasing power and personal income data for reference.

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